Why The Need?
What are the odds?
Each year, roughly 5 million people die from accidental and non-accidental trauma. Out of this 5 million, nearly a third of these deaths are due to bleeding out. According to the Journal of Emergency Medicine, this classifies trauma as the leading cause of death in people under the age of 45. The majority of these deaths are due to traffic accidents, combat or physical wounds, and other severe trauma.
I'll just call 911 when there's a bleeding emergency.
A person can bleed to death within 3 to 5 minutes if not treated. A 2015 Journal of the American Medical Association survey found the average time for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) units to arrive on scene from the time of the 911 call was 7 minutes, and more than 14 minutes in rural areas. Having an Initial Response Kit or adding components such as tourniquets, hemostatic gauze, pressure bandages, and chest seals to your own first aid kits can allow you to stop bleeding prior to EMS arriving. Ultimately increasing chances of survival.
But I don't have a medical background.
We understand medical kits can be intimidating. Unlike advanced trauma kits, all components of Initial Response Kits are safe, simple, and highly effective for anyone to use regardless of their background. With basic instruction, anyone can use each item in our kits. A common analogy we like to use is with fires and fire extinguishers. We're not trained firefighters but we can all effectively use a fire extinguisher. The same logic goes for our kits. Before fire extinguishers, small fires could quickly escalate with catastrophic effects before firefighters were dispatched. The emplacement of fire extinguishers in public access areas made it possible for lay people to put out or control small fires until firefighters arrived. Initial Response Kits are the equivalent for bleeding.
Why should I have a kit in my facility?
Bleeding emergencies can occurs anywhere. If you are responsible for people in your facility or the public has access to your area, having Initial Response Kits available will be a beneficial asset. Weather-proof wall mountable kits can be placed in common areas for easy access in the event of an emergency. If you have a defibrillator (AED) and fire extinguisher, Initial Response Kits will show your continued dedication to public safety. We are all Initial Responders.
What's the difference between this and a First Aid/Trauma Kit?
Initial Response Kits are neither better or worse than First Aid Kits and Advanced Trauma Kits. Each is designed for a specific function, and serves their purpose well. First Aid Kits are designed to treat minor wounds and some medical ailments and require a basic understanding of the components. These kits are generally safe to use and will not result in life-threatening danger. Advanced Trauma Kits often have some of the same components as our Initial Response Kits, but also may include components which require advanced medical training and can result in further injury if not used properly.
Initial Response Kits are the middle ground between these types of kits, often working in conjunction with and complimenting First Aid and Advanced Trauma Kits. Our kits are specifically designed to treat major to life-threatening bleeding. Life- threatening bleeding can happen anywhere from the garage work bench, vehicle collisions, violent acts, or natural disasters. Our kits are designed to stop bleeding and extend life, increasing survival while Emergency Medical Services arrive.